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Colgate-Palmolive Reviews

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
278 Reviews
3.8
278 Reviews
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Colgate-Palmolive Chairman, President, and CEO Ian M. Cook
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Pros
  • Good work-life balance, good management if you are paired with a good mentor (in 36 reviews)

  • Good work family balance with great benefits (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • Work / Life Balance seems to be deteriorating quickly (in 14 reviews)

  • very conservative; the decision making process is too long (in 13 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Limited Career Potential

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits
    Strong Consistent Business Performance
    Good Training Opportunities

    Cons

    Limited Career Advancement once you reach mid-management
    Very Political Environment; A few "Chosen Ones" get put on the Fast Track
    Who you know and Who is fighting for you are more important then overall job performance
    Work / Life Balance seems to be deteriorating quickly
    Culture and Values have drastically changed over that last few years for the worse

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Outline and Map out career progression opportunities to retain talent

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    A slow but sure decline in values and the treatment of employees, always a take away never a give back

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Piscataway, NJ
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Piscataway, NJ

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible Hours, Half Decent Pay, Some good people still left in the company

    Cons

    Gradually reducing employee rewards and benefits, the You Can Make a Difference Program is a Joke. HR is invisible (high turnover), Moving jobs overseas to very underqualified people. Lots of managerial infighting. Loosing its values "best place to work" is now "a place to work". Very political. Used to be awesome but now it's not, the place is becoming like a government job without the security. Small cubes, small work space, like rats in a wheel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The "bad economy" excuse is out of style, quit trying to squeeze all the juice out of the lemon and give back to the employees. It's only a matter of time before the quality people realize the grass actually is greener on the other side. Cut the BS, you can follow corporate guidelines but don't over do it with rules, regulations and micromanagement. Take off the plastic face masks and act like real people, nobody likes a plastic. Dump the mothballs and open the windows, let the place get some air. From an employee point of view, CP Management can only wish it had the employee respect it did 5 years ago.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    System Administrator

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Piscataway, NJ
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Piscataway, NJ

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good Dental Benefits.
    Company Store.
    Few Good Co-workers. Summer hours.
    Meet Wall Street expectation.

    Cons

    Great place to work. But has changed a lot in past few years.
    Clueless Middle Managers without any technical or Management skills.
    Fake or Completely non existence HR.. Your manager is HR and he dictates policies. Which are based upon liking. 3rd party Mirco runs the business ( kickbacks). ESC is completely unethical department. All CP principles like Valuing CP, MWR are violated. If you complain you'r are pretty much done. Your career is at dead end.
    3rd party does all good project work. You are stuck with all garbage work. No DR planning.. Good Luck if something goes really wrong in Pisct.. You better sell your stock! Director is completely clueless from old school .Doesn't even know how to spell IT... Out of 12 months 7 months he is travelling.. You only hear him when there is production machine downtime as his bonus is tied.. Otherwise he has no interest to listen to you..
    Lack of training. Blame games. No leadership skills. Complete Chaos place for real techies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of middle managers.. will save company lot of money. They are useless. Look at your DR..
    You will never recover.. Good Luck! Give to IBM.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Tow the company line and you'll be fine

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive full-time

    Pros

    Great opportunity for international employees and women. Some great managers at the the top. Very steady business always slowly growing. Benefits are very good.

    Cons

    Company has run out of ideas to save money and grow sales so is slashing internal staff and going to "global hubs". Has gone far away from its plans to become a best place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Business and sales are great don't neglect the employees who have worked so hard to get it there

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Good training.

    Former Employee - Marketing in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing in New York, NY

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive full-time

    Pros

    Very good training at lower levels.
    Great cafeteria.

    Cons

    Extremely political. Lots of group think.
    Lots of red tape, bureaucratic - decisions made very slowly.
    Very hierarchical - resulting in presentation after presentation to increasingly higher levels of management.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not for everyone...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive

    Pros

    Smart People, Great Senior Management

    Cons

    "Up or out" culture and a lot of politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to thoroughly evaluate and provide training to individuals placed in middle management.

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    All about compliance. Zero creativity.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Brand Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate Brand Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Job security
    - Lots of Moms, therefore people are caring and nice
    - Well-defined jobs. Not much thinking required.
    - Good pay and work hours.

    Cons

    - No creativity or challenge
    - Political and hierarchial
    - Very old school, old white men culture
    - Strict, long winded processes
    - Tries to mould employees. Opinions are discouraged.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are losing young talent because the culture does not encourage creativity and input.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    It's not the Colgate it used to be

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Team Leader in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Team Leader in New York, NY

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and still has some great people there. Most of the brands are very well know and the company store is great.

    Cons

    The way they treat people is very poor and much different from their posted and much talked about values and principles. It's all about the financials vs. caring and developing people. There is no work/life balance and upper management talks about how important but their actions are the complete opposite.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It needs to be all about the people. Your systems, software and P&L don't mean anything if you don't treat people well. Many people used to go to CP and stay forever even until a few years ago, not anymore. You've turned the company into what you used to poke fun at some of your competitors for.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Senior Management is out of touch.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - National Account Manager in Morristown, NJ
    Current Employee - National Account Manager in Morristown, NJ

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

    Pros

    Good benefits and products with strong brands.

    Cons

    Senior Management is out of touch with the reality of the sales environment. Key positions are not filled in a timely manner. Management has a bullying style of leadership. Senior Management uses the same rhetoric over and over with no action behind the words. The are viewed as hyporcritical. Very risk-averse and conservative. HR works for management and not the employees. Colgate is a good news company and honesty is not encouraged.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's time to make some changes in key management positions to bring a fresh perspective and a 21st century style of management back to the US Company. Let HR work for the employees and separate them more from the opinions of senior management's bias and influence.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Was an excellent place to work, but has fallen to low depths in the past couple of years

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Development Organization in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Customer Development Organization in New York, NY

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

    Pros

    Strong compensation package
    Good dental benefits (many places dont have these)
    Decent vacation policy
    Global opportunities (but expat benefits are no longer the same either)

    Cons

    Very slow decision making - has gone from a result oriented company to a consensus oriented company. Will follow through with something other than the best decision, if it meets with consensus and the safer route...vs. trying something that might be better but where not everyone is on board. This has led to a handful of people controlling all the decisions with most of middle management really playing the role that most fresh MBA graduates could handle straight out of school.

    Mixed messages from management - poor overall direction, conservative, not open to any new or different ideas. Usually sticks to the same formula that's been tried and tested. But talks a big game about "open culture' and "fostering experimentation"

    More driven by short term financial implications vs.considering the longer term view . Its living from one quarter to the next, while they talk about planning out 18 months - big joke !.

    Completely fake HR - on the sales side (used to be great !). They don't really care about the employee's progression. HR serves more of an execution function vs. running a true HR dept. They have forgotten how to retain real talent...instead focusing on an arbiitarily chosen few - usually favorites of a few in management. Also does not follow through on promises made.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1.Listen more, talk less ! And walk the walk - if management only acted on what they preached, this place would have a chance to go back to when it truly was "the best place to work".

    2. Be more open to other styles of thinking or management, not just the one you've always practised and comfortble with. Winning is about getting outside of the comfort zone and adapting to changes around you, includung the competition. Have more of a meritocracy culture, based on actual performance, not just what 1 person may think. May be time to adopt a new style of performance management and solicit feedback from peers, people managed and external vs. just a few people in management.

    3. Need more difference makers/game changes/fresh thinking - time to retire some of the senior folks sitting around for extremely long periods on the sales side and adopt the marketing formula that seems to be working a little better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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